A Top Secret Cold War Project Reveals Climate Crisis Clues

A later abandoned network of tunnels in Greenland opened the door to a climate research breakthrough

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The adapted oil rig in Camp Century (Source: Atomic Heritage Foundation)

In May 1959, the US initiated the construction of an ice base, Camp Century, in northwest Greenland. Framed as a scientific project to test snow tunneling tech, in reality, it had military motives: the Iceworm system, a way to hide 600 nuclear missiles trained toward the Soviet Union, which would be in constant motion by snow rail tunnels under northern Greenland. And close to the Soviet Union.

Project Iceworm was never built. The ice’s shifting nature and unsuitability for housing nuclear facilities posed significant challenges, rendering the endeavor impractical. Iceworm was abandoned, and Camp Century was shut down in 1966 due to structural vulnerabilities.

But before the closure, researchers actually succeeded in the scientific smokescreen, drilling deep ice cores. Only in 2018, their sediment, initially overlooked, was rediscovered in cookie jars of a University of Copenhagen freezer. And yielded a remarkable scientific breakthrough.

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